At the age of 36, in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, Roberto Carcelen learned how to ski for the first time. Only 3 years later, Roberto traveled to Vancouver British Columbia to represent Peru as their first cross country skier and Winter Olympian. In 2014 Roberto would travel to Sochi Russia and compete a second time for his homeland of Peru.
On his journey he would face many challenges and struggles. These times of strife would teach Roberto to embrace the values of perseverance, determination, and tenacity. These core values were the source of his success and enabled Roberto to reach goals that most would find unachievable.
Upon returning home from Sochi, Roberto decided to shift his ambitions from those of personal fulfillment to a life with a new mission. This mission would be founded in the belief that his success was an attribute that anyone could attain. Roberto believes that if given the right tools, anything is possible.
The Roberto Carcelen Foundation provides children from Latin America the ability to achieve long lasting change in their lives and communities through education in technology, English proficiency and Olympic sports values. We believe education is the key to a lifetime of success and the eradication of poverty. Access to education is equipping our graduates with the tools they need to seize life’s opportunities and contribute back to their communities.
The foundation’s mission is to harness the power of determination while instilling core Olympic values through the promotion of education. We believe that the combination of these factors creates a cycle for success and will inspire young people to follow their dreams and attain the unattainable.
Through the implementation of after school programs the Roberto Carcelen Foundation desires to nurture the development of future leaders through education and athletic competition.
ROBERTO CARCELÉN FOUNDER
Roberto our founder and two time winter olympian lives in Seattle, Washington.
Roberto competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics and four years later in the Sochi 2014 Olympics while injured due a ski accident days before.
While training in the Andes of Peru, Roberto witnesed the lack of opportunities of children in this region. It opened his eyes and he instantly felt the commitment to help improve their future.
When he grabbed the Peruvian flag and skied across the finish line in Sochi in blistering pain, he didn’t do it for himself but for his country.
He did it for all the children who see no opportunities before them..
MARCELO FREIRE FOUNDER
Marcelo currently serves as Director of Operations for the Roberto Carcelen Foundation (RCF). Under Marcelo’s leadership, the RCF is launching various pilot programs focused on technology education in Latin America and in WA State. Marcelo has held individual contributor as well as managerial roles in various organizations throughout the Puget Sound area in the IT industry. Prior to co-founding the RCF, Marcelo has been involved in launching technology related start-ups and volunteering his time on local dual-language elementary schools. Marcelo, holds a Bachelors of Arts in Management Information Systems with a minor in International Business and Japanese from Western Washington University. Marcelo is originally from Ecuador.
JEREMY SHUMAN Founding Board Member
Jeremy has a passion for organizational development and international development programs resulting in positive change and lasting impact. Throughout his career in global health development, Jeremy assessed and advised numerous non-profit organizations and NGOs around the world in programs, management, and governance. Jeremy has interest and practice in board self-evaluation and self-development. Bringing this experience to the Roberto Carcelen Foundation, he provides perspective in a growing organization where members and stakeholders serve multiple roles and resources are scarce. Jeremy assisted with the initial legal structure and advised drafting of RCF by-laws. He currently serves as the Board Secretary.
VERONICA DAVIS PROGRAM MANAGER
Veronica is a professional Program and Project Manager. She is a self-confessed media addict and digital marketing enthusiast. After seeing Roberto cross the finish line in Sochi, she realized what an incredible person he was, hard-working and tenacious. On the news that he was starting a foundation to educate Peruvian children in Technology and Athletics, Veronica wanted to be part and bring all her years of experience at NBC, Disney and Microsoft to bear. Veronica’s expertise in Program Management, Event Planning and Grant Writing will help to evolve RCF into a country-wide and ultimately worldwide organization designed around helping children escape the throes of poverty and hopelessness.